Acoustic observations of heat content across the Mediterranean Sea.

Send, Uwe, Krahmann, Gerd , Mauuary, D., Desaubies, Y., Gaillard, F., Terre, T., Papadakis, J., Taroudakis, M., Skarsoulis, E. and Millot, C. (1997) Acoustic observations of heat content across the Mediterranean Sea. Nature, 385 . pp. 615-617. DOI 10.1038/385615a0.

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The ability to monitor the heat content of oceans over long distances is becoming increasingly important for understanding the role of oceans in climate change, for determining the variability of the state of the oceans, for operational ocean observing systems, and for studying large-scale ocean processes such as water-mass formation. Although the properties of the upper layers of the ocean can be routinely measured on large scales by satellite remote sensing (providing altimetric and infrared data) and with expendable probes dropped from commercial vessels, the deep interior of the ocean is more difficult to monitor. Ocean acoustic tomography1 is a promising technique for such applications, as it has the potential to provide systematic, instantaneous and repeated measurements of the ocean interior over large parts of an ocean basin. Here we demonstrate the capability of this technique for measuring the heat content across an entire (albeit small) ocean basin—the western Mediterranean Sea.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Heat content, Mediterranean Sea
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1038/385615a0
ISSN: 0028-0836
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2008 17:23
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2017 14:42

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